The chair that kick-started my brain and opened my eyes.
Going to the library with intrepidheroine is always a treat in and of itself: She is a total spaz, in the best possible way, about libraries. Usually asking, “Hey, do you mind if we swing by the library on the way home?” is responded with, “you have to ask?” Our area is blessed with a pretty kick-ass library that is becoming cooler by the minute as it is undergoing a major renovation.
While IH’s eyes were massive about the shiny new shelves, signage and overall layout of books within the New Materials section, my design-eyes went instantly to the lounge spaces where one can sit and read said New Materials. It was here I saw this chair:
(In the interest of full disclosure, the area with this upholstery aren’t actually in the New Materials section, but are just outside of the DVD/Blu Ray area.)
What caught my eye and made these chairs unique to anything else that has happened upon my contract furniture search, was the arm/seat cushion connection. Combined with this particular fabric, it really has an awesome Tetris-like appearance, doesn’t it?
I spent a couple of hours on Google that evening, trying to find the manufacturer, to no avail. There were plenty of boxy lounge chairs, but none with the particular arm feature.
I DID, however, find the GC and Design Firm working on the library project. One quick email to Product Architecture and Design asking about the seating, and praising their renovation, finally led me to the this: Tuohy Salone Club Chair. I didn’t verify this, but I believe the fabric shown here is Maharam Couple. List price for this chair starts at 2039$ with a COM (According to Tuohy Furniture site).
Since this chair, and the subsequent Google search, my eyes have opened wide with regard to the furniture world around me. I have been snapping photos in the most normal (and sometimes strange!) places just simply trying to answer a simple question: Who makes that?
It’s a whole new side of design that I would like to explore further, and I hope that this tumblr becomes a place for me to catalog those findings - sometimes it will just be an uploaded picture with the hopes someone else out there knows who makes it and where I can find it!